Regalia for the Class of 2023 is available. The deadline for ordering is March 31, 2023.
All graduates taking part in Commencement must wear Vanderbilt's newly designed regalia (cap and gown) to participate in person at Commencement ceremonies.
- Doctoral graduates may rent or buy regalia. If you wish to buy your regalia, please note the deadline for ordering is March 9, 2023.
Please note that late rental and purchase options will incur a $10 late fee.
Regalia Pickup & Returns
Students have the option of having their regalia shipped to their home, or they can pick it up from Vanderbilt Bookstore the week of Commencement, May 9-11, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Doctoral students who rent regalia can either mail it back to Oak Hall using included shipping labels or drop it off at Vanderbilt Bookstore after Commencement between May 12 and May 15.
The design of the academic regalia (cap and gown) and the colors worn are significant. The distinguishing mark of the gown is the sleeve:
- Bachelor — long pointed sleeve
- Master — an oblong sleeve open at the wrist
- Doctor — bell-shaped sleeve with three velvet bars
- Ph.D. — gold gown with bell-shaped sleeve and three velvet bars
In keeping with the solemnity of the ceremonies, special regalia is worn to symbolize reaching a significant milestone in one’s educational journey. As such, adornments to regalia must be associated with officially recognized merit or honor societies or identity groups. Any adornment that is not in the form of an authorized cord or stole must be approved by the Office of the Provost, Dean of Students and any relevant schools, colleges or other organizations. Personal decorations, whether to the cap or gown, are not allowed as they may detract from the spirit and dignity of the occasion or alter or obscure recognition of the degree that the designated regalia represents. View the complete adornment policy on cords, decorations, etc.
The Vanderbilt bachelor gown showcases the traditional characteristics of an academic gown but with the added branding of Vanderbilt University. The gown uses full front pleats, balanced fluting and an easily accessible zipper. Your Vanderbilt bachelor gown, mortarboard cap and degree color tassel is yours to keep, or you can recycle it after the ceremony.
The Master gown features traditional tailoring, which includes oblong shaped sleeves, closed at the bottom with a wrist opening, and Vanderbilt branding. Master gowns are worn with degree color tassels and a mortarboard cap. Master students complement their gown by wearing a master's degree hood. Graduates keep the cap, gown, and hood following the ceremony.
Doctor – all other (J.D., M.D., Au.D., D.M.P., D.N.P. or Ed.D.)
The Doctor gown features velvet chevrons on each of the bell sleeves and velvet on the front panels with the Vanderbilt logo. Doctor gowns are to be worn with doctoral degree hoods. Tams are worn by doctoral graduates with a nonremovable gold silky tassel. Doctoral regalia sets can be rented or purchased.
Doctor – Ph.D.
The Vanderbilt University Ph.D. gown represents academic tailoring at its very best. Fine pleating frames the velvet panels from the hemline, up over the shoulders, to a point in the center back of yoke, where it is finished with fancy cording. The Vanderbilt gown features a zipper closure and fully lined bell sleeves, ending in a cuff at the wrist. A pocket slit allows access to clothing beneath the robe. The gown is antique gold crepe; a two-way textured polyester with a stain-resistant finish and excellent draping and wrinkle-resistant qualities. Black velvet panels and chevrons are outlined in antique gold cording, and the front velvet panels are embroidered with the Vanderbilt mark. Ph.D. gowns are to be worn with degree hoods, and tams are worn with a nonremovable gold silky tassel. The entire Ph.D. regalia set can be rented or purchased.
Degrees Offered and Tassel/Hood Colors
|School||Degree Offered||Degree Abbreviation||Tassel Color||Hood Color||Tam|
|College of Arts & Science||Bachelor of Arts||B.A.||Black|
|Blair School of Music||Bachelor of Music||B.Mus.||Pink|
|Bachelor of Musical Arts||B.Mus.A.||Pink|
|Divinity School||Master of Theological Studies||M.T.S.||Red||Red|
|Master of Divinity||M.Div.||Red||Red|
|Master of Theology||Th.M.||Red||Red|
|Doctor of Ministry||D.Min.||Doctor Gold||Red||✔|
|School of Engineering||Bachelor of Engineering||B.E.||Orange|
|Bachelor of Science||B.S.||Gold|
|Master of Engineering||M.E.||Orange||Orange|
|Graduate School||Master of Arts||M.A.||White||White|
|Master of Fine Arts||M.F.A.||Brown||Brown|
|Master of Liberal Arts and Science||M.L.A.S||White||White|
|Master of Science||M.S.||Gold||Gold|
|Doctor of Philosophy||Ph.D.||Doctor Gold||Dark Blue||✔|
|Law School||Doctor of Jurisprudence||J.D.||Doctor Gold||Purple||✔|
|Master of Laws||LL.M.||Purple||Purple|
|Master of Legal Studies||M.L.S.||Purple||Purple|
|School of Medicine||Doctor of Medicine||M.D.||Doctor Gold||Green||✔|
|Master of Public Health||M.P.H.||Salmon||Salmon|
|Master of Science in Clinical Investigation||M.S.C.I.||Gold||Gold|
|Doctor of Audiology||Au.D.||Doctor Gold||Green||✔|
|Master of Science (Speech-Language Pathology)||M.S.||Gold||Gold|
|Doctor of Medical Physics||D.M.P.||Doctor Gold||Green||✔|
|Master of Science in Medical Physics||M.S.M.P.||Gold||Gold|
|Master of Science in Laboratory Investigation||M.L.I.||Gold||Gold|
|Master of Science in Applied Clinical Informatics||M.S.||Gold||Gold|
|Master in Genetic Counseling||M.G.C.||Gold||Gold|
|Master of Education of the Deaf||M.D.E.||Gold||Gold|
|School of Nursing||Master of Science in Nursing||M.S.N.||Apricot||Apricot|
|Doctor of Nursing Practice||D.N.P.||Doctor Gold||Apricot||✔|
|Master of Nursing||M.N.||Apricot||Apricot|
|Owen Graduate School of Management||Master of Business Administration||M.B.A.||Drab||Drab|
|Master of Science in Finance||M.S.F.||Gold||Gold|
|Master of Accountancy||MAcc||Drab||Drab|
|Master of Marketing||M.Mark||Drab||Drab|
|Master of Management in Health Care||MMHC||Drab||Drab|
|Peabody College||Bachelor of Science||B.S.||Gold|
|Master of Education||M.Ed.||Light Blue||Light Blue|
|Master of Public Policy||M.P.P.||Peacock Blue||Peacock Blue|
|Doctor of Education||Ed.D.||Doctor Gold||Light Blue||✔|
* Degrees are awarded through the Graduate School but are listed under both the Grad School and specific school.
* All Vanderbilt doctors wear tams with gold silk doctoral tassels attached.
The Office of the Provost Office, in conjunction with Communications and Marketing, representatives from all 10 schools and colleges, and various campus departments, developed the following adornment policy for Vanderbilt’s annual Commencement ceremonies.
- Adornments may be worn but are limited to cords from organizations officially recognized by Vanderbilt. Read the Dean of Students’ student organization guidelines.
- In keeping with the solemnity of the ceremonies, special regalia is worn to symbolize reaching a significant milestone in one’s educational journey – earning your degree, and as such adornments to regalia must be associated with officially recognized merit or honor societies or identity groups. Any adornment that is not in the form of an already authorized cord or stole, must be approved by the Office of the Provost, Dean of Students and any relevant schools, colleges or other organizations. Requests can be submitted using the Adornment Exception Request form.
- Personal decorations, whether to the cap or gown, are not allowed as they may detract from the spirit and dignity of the occasion or alter or obscure recognition of the degree that the designated regalia represents.
This policy was put into effect in November 2016.
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